Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Yuting Zhang ("YZ") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
YZ : I'm a licensed architect and experienced urban designer. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, a Master's Degree of Engineering in Urban Planning from Tsinghua University, and a Master's Degree in Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
YZ : The projects have a great driving force from the public realm and how people experience the space. And projects that rise from their own urban and cultural context.
YZ : Be patient and believe in yourself. Being an architect is a lifelong journey and you will always find something you don’t know along the path, and you have to learn every day to grow.
YZ : Great balance on practical aspects, vision, functions, creativity, and budget.
YZ : User’s experience through place-making and the design narrative and story telling.
YZ : David Chipperfield is one of my favorite architects. His renovation of Friedrich August Stueler’s Neues Museum is really inspiring. Rather than restoring the museum to its previous condition or building an incongruous modern addition, Chipperfield stitched together the extant architectural fragments with simplified concrete interpretations of the missing forms. He crafted a unique response to every space, restoring what could be preserved, infilling as necessary, and thoughtfully integrating contemporary building systems. The quiet interventions restore the museum’s massing and spatial sensibility to capture the beauty of the original structure without replicating what was lost or fetishizing the ruins that remain. This is a thoughtful approach I have implemented into my own projects.
YZ : Design is everything. As a designer, I have the benefit of not only designing for the great public but also designing my own way of living.
YZ : Creativity, initiation, empathy, and coordination
YZ : Less is more.
YZ : I was born in the old city of Beijing, my dad was an architect and my mom was a professor in the field of industrial design. So it’s kind of natural to me to want to be a designer. I was really curious and fell in love with painting from my earliest childhood. I also like literature, history, culture, and science. Being an architect is a great career to have all my interests combined through placemaking.
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